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Holiday Inn® Hotel Opens In Natal, Brazil »

July 22, 2015 at 8:06AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

IHG continues growth in Brazil with the opening of the country’s eighth Holiday Inn hotel
July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the Holiday Inn® Natal hotel. The new build, 216-room property is located in the northeastern city of Natal, the capital and largest city of the State of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. The hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of the Lagoa Nova district, an area home to popular restaurants and bars as well as multiple shopping centers and two universities: the Rio Grande do Norte Federal University and Universidade Potiguar.
The Holiday Inn brand opened the doors of its first hotel more than 60 years ago and since then, has been making travel more enjoyable for generations of travelers all over the world...

Curio – A Collection By Hilton Celebrates Brand’s First Latin American Hotel With Opening Of Anselmo Buenos Aires »

July 22, 2015 at 7:34AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide Opens Historic Boutique Luxury Hotel in Buenos Aires
July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // BUENOS AIRES, Argentina and McLEAN, Va. – Offering the perfect blend of modern luxury and storied history, Anselmo Buenos Aires today joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. As Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Located in Buenos Aires’ historic neighborhood of San Telmo, Anselmo Buenos Aires is set amid Plaza Dorrego Square, one of the oldest public spaces in the city known for its diverse array of cafés, bars, shops and antique stores.
“Originally built as a stunning mansion in 1906, Anselmo Buenos Aires pays tribute to a community rich in history that dates back to the 18th century, and provides guests with the perfect launching pad for a truly intriguing cultural experience,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton...

Home2 Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In Seattle »

July 22, 2015 at 6:57AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Airport Hotel Offers Guests Comforts of Home While on the Road
July 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // SEATTLE and MCLEAN, Va. - Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's (NYSE: HLT) award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, announced today the opening of Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport. Owned by Tukwila Hotel Ownership, LLC, the new property will bring 139 suites to the Seattle market.
"The hotel's connection to the Seattle Airport offers travelers the convenient location they seek with the added benefits of an extended stay brand like Home2 Suites," said Bill Duncan, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. "Guests can make the most of their stay by taking advantage of amenities like the Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items and the Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area...

Hotel Indigo® Opens In Historic City Of York »

July 20, 2015 at 9:13AM PDT | Source: Hotel Indigo

July 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today brings its boutique, Hotel Indigo®, to the historic city of York. Operating under a franchise agreement with Sojourn Hotels, Hotel Indigo® York opens its doors on Walmgate, a thriving foodie destination and the birthplace of York’s chocolate making empire.
The intimate 101 room hotel is perfectly situated within prime reach of some of the city’s most outstanding restaurants and bars, boutiques, artisan shops, famous tea-rooms, museums and galleries. From the building design to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, every Hotel Indigo property is unique and takes influences from its surrounding neighbourhood...

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Grows Footprint In China With A Landmark Debut In Nanjing »

July 20, 2015 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Grand Mansion, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanjing is Unveiled in China’s Intriguing Ancient City
NANJING, China - July 20, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), today announced the opening of The Grand Mansion, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanjing, in the capital of China’s Jiangsu province. Marking the brand’s seventh hotel in China, The Grand Mansion furthers the global expansion of The Luxury Collection, which will surpass 100 hotels globally by the end of this year. In China, The Grand Mansion joins a distinguished portfolio that includes The Azure Qiantang in Hangzhou, The Castle Hotel in Dalian, Twelve at Hengshan and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai, The Royal Begonia in Sanya and the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin...

Landmark Reichshof Hamburg Opens As First Curio – A Collection By Hilton In Europe Following Extensive Restoration »

July 20, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Historic ‘Roaring Twenties’ Hotel Joins Global Collection of Distinctive Hotels As First Hilton Worldwide Hotel in the City
July 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // HAMBURG, Germany and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide opened the iconic Reichshof Hamburg hotel, adding another exceptional hotel to its growing global brand, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. The grand, central Hamburg hotel, operated by Event Hotelgruppe, is the brand’s first hotel in Europe and combines Hanseatic Art-Déco elegance with contemporary design and offers travellers local discoveries and authentic travel experiences at the core of the Curio brand.
“The uniqueness and special character of Reichshof Hamburg is a great example of what we seek when hand-picking respected and distinguished hotels for our Curio collection,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton...

The Westin Austin Downtown Opens Its Doors In The Live Music Capital Of The World® »

July 17, 2015 at 6:58AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

AUSTIN, Texas - July 16, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT), today announced the opening of its latest Austin hotel, The Westin Austin Downtown, located in the heart of the city at the corner of San Jacinto Boulevard and Fifth Street. A joint venture among White Lodging Services Corporation, the Harry Whittington family and REI Real Estate Services, LLC., the 19-story hotel, which draws design inspiration from the local music scene, is Westin’s second Austin property, and one of five new openings in North America this year.
The Westin Austin Downtown used HKS Architects, Inc. and was designed by Simeone Deary. Upon entering the lobby, guests are transported to a modern-day oasis where they are met with a 12-foot-tall custom-made art piece comprised of charred wood blocks that come together to form the body of a guitar...

W Hotels Worldwide To Enter Another Dynamic Market In Latin America With W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal »

July 17, 2015 at 6:45AM PDT | Source: W Hotels Worldwide

Slated to open in 2019, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal to be the Brand’s First Beachside Oasis in the Region
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced an agreement with Desarrollos Hoteleros Guanacaste S.A. (DHG) to debut the iconic W brand in Costa Rica. W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal will be the brand’s first tropical escape in Latin America, redefining the local luxury resort experience with its cutting-edge design, energetic DNA and Whatever/Whenever service philosophy, all set against a backdrop of spectacular shorelines, vast volcanoes and magnificent mountain ranges.
“As we continue to pursue aggressive expansion in Latin America, the agreement to develop W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal is an exciting addition to our pipeline,” said Jorge Giannattasio, Senior Vice-president and Chief of Latin America Operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts...

Hyatt Officially Welcomes Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley »

July 16, 2015 at 8:00AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Hyatt continues brand expansion in central China.
July 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley, which has completed its rebranding. The opening marks the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Hubei Province of central China.
The newly rebranded Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley is a 45-minute drive from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport and within an hour’s drive of three separate rail hubs: the Wuhan High Speed Train Station and the Wuchang and Hankou Railway Stations. Located in the commercial district of Wuchang and within easy reach of East Lake, Ma’anshan National Forest Park, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan Optics Valley, the hotel provides an energizing setting for both business and leisure travelers...

Hyatt Place Earns Top Upscale Hotel Ranking For Guest Satisfaction In Latest J.D. Power Study »

July 16, 2015 at 5:37AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

July 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced that the Hyatt Place brand has been recognized by J.D. Power as highest in guest satisfaction among upscale hotel chains.
The award comes as a result of guest ratings in the recently released J.D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. The Hyatt Place brand received high marks in several evaluation factors, including reservation, check-in/check-out, guestroom, food and beverage, hotel services, hotel facilities, and cost and fees. Hyatt Place, a brand inspired by the 24/7 lifestyle of multitasking travelers, led the upscale category with 847 points, scoring 14 points higher than the upscale segment average.
“At Hyatt Place, we make it our mission to listen to our guests, and not only provide the fundamentals, such as spacious guestrooms and free Wi-Fi, but also to take it to the next level by consistently offering an outstanding guest experience, which includes what we believe is the best complimentary hotel breakfast in our category,” said Steven Dominguez, vice president of global brands, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House...

Hilton Deepens Its Commitment To Today’s Wellness Traveler With Eforea Spa Refresh »

July 16, 2015 at 4:55AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Revitalized spa concept balances simplicity and authenticity.
July 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has evolved its legendary offerings to meet the needs of mindful guests by reimagining its spa concept, eforea spa. With 22 eforea spa locations across the globe and 42 in the pipeline, eforea spa has developed three new treatment enhancements that embrace ancient healing methods and a refreshed treatment menu to compliment the changes to the concept’s identity worldwide. A leader in spa and wellness, Hilton Worldwide has more than 400 spas currently open across the full global portfolio with another 119 in the pipeline.
Reengineered Treatment Menu
In addition to the new look and feel, starting this July, eforea spas around the world will be rolling out an updated treatment menu...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Expands Caribbean Portfolio With Opening Of Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino »

July 16, 2015 at 4:09AM PDT | Source: Hilton Worldwide

New Beachfront Hilton in Palm Beach, Aruba Welcomes Travelers to One Happy Island
July 16, 2015 // Franchising.com // ORANJESTAD, Aruba and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), announced today the opening of the 355-room Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, a 15-acre beachfront oasis in Palm Beach, Aruba. With a privileged location on picturesque white sand beaches, this upscale resort in Aruba welcomes travelers to one of the Caribbean’s most desired destinations.
“Aruba is the quintessential Caribbean island with its strong European influence, long stretches of white beach and eclectic culinary scene,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Strengthens Lead In India With Opening Of Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel »

July 15, 2015 at 7:20AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Sheraton Enters India’s High-Tech Boomtown, Catering to Business and Leisure Guests with a Dynamic Newly Renovated Property
HYDERABAD, India - July 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of Sheraton® Hyderabad Hotel, a newly renovated property set to welcome the tremendous number of business and leisure travelers visiting the world-renowned heritage city that has quickly become one of India’s industrial hubs. Owned by SAMHI Hotels (Ahmedabad) Private Limited, an affiliate of SAMHI Hotels Private Limited, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel marks the 44th Starwood hotel in India, the third Starwood hotel in the south-central Indian city, and the third Sheraton in India...

Holiday Inn Express® To Open In Bangkok’s Vibrant Chinatown »

July 15, 2015 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn Express

New 240-room Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown will cater to value-conscious travellers who want to explore Bangkok's colourful heritage.
July 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Grand Uniland Company Limited to open a new Holiday Inn Express hotel in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown.
The 240-room Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown will join three Holiday Inn Express hotels in Thailand’s capital: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn and Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11.
Slated to open in 2017, the hotel will be part of a mixed development with retail shops, restaurants and bars catering to travellers looking for a refreshing and fuss-free stay in the colourful district of Bangkok's Chinatown, known locally as Yaowarat...

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Reveals New Visual Identity With Launch Of Fully Re-Designed Sheraton.com »

July 15, 2015 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: Sheraton Hotels

As Part of Sheraton 2020 Plan, Refreshed Sheraton.com Features Elevated Design, Engaging Content, Enhanced Functionality and More
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 15, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), has revealed a first look at the brand’s all new visual identity with the re-launch of Sheraton.com. The first phase of a larger brand repositioning, the revamped website features an enhanced user journey, high-end design, artful photography, and a modern color palette. The redesign is the latest of many initiatives underway for Sheraton 2020, a bold 10-point plan to position Sheraton as the premier global hotel brand of choice, everywhere.
This Smart News Release features multimedia...

DoubleTree By Hilton Introduces Brand’s Newest Southern California Hotel In San Bernardino »

July 15, 2015 at 3:39AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

July 15, 2015 // Franchising.com // SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today debuted DoubleTree by Hilton San Bernardino, a 251-room hotel in the heart of the eponymous southern California city. Formerly the independently-owned Hotel San Bernardino, the property has completed a comprehensive $10 million renovation that includes modern updates throughout the guestrooms, meeting spaces and public areas. Ideally-located near various local shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, the hotel is just three miles from San Bernardino International Airport and 17 miles from Ontario International Airport. DoubleTree by Hilton San Bernardino is owned and managed by DKN Hotels.
“With its setting amid the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains and proximity to the area’s leading leisure and business destinations, DoubleTree by Hilton San Bernardino is poised to become the leading hotel choice for guests seeking sophisticated, full-service accommodations and the first-rate DoubleTree by Hilton service experience,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Boosts Global Growth With Four Marquee Hotel Openings In Europe »

July 14, 2015 at 9:15AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® Expands its Glittering Portfolio this Quarter with Hotel Debuts in Prague, Bodrum, Bratislava and Portopiccolo
BRUSSELS - July 14, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Following the announcement of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) investing $300 million in coordination with its owner partners to expand and improve The Luxury Collection® portfolio in North America, Starwood’s largest luxury brand today announced that it will expand its European portfolio by four. With the addition of Augustine in Prague, Caresse Resort & Spa in Bodrum, Falisia Resort & Spa in Portopiccolo, Italy and Grand Hotel River Park in Bratislava to its illustrious portfolio, The Luxury Collection will surpass 100 hotels globally by the end of this year...

Starwood Preferred Guest Members Gain The Advantage With Exclusive Access To The US Open Through SPG Moments™ »

July 14, 2015 at 6:13AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

SPG Members Will Sit Courtside at the Biggest Matchups, Tour the Iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium and More
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 14, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As a leader in loyalty, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), is serving up premier tennis experiences with the launch of its 2015 US Open SPG Moments. SPG members get access like no other to the US Open with experiences including SPG Luxury Suites, courtside seats to exciting matches, behind-the-scenes tours of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and much more. Starting today, members will have the chance to bid their coveted Starpoints® for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities every tennis fan would love.
“Our US Open SPG Moments are some of the most highly-anticipated packages of the year for our members, and we take a lot of pride in securing the best tennis experiences possible...

Westin Hotels & Resorts Debuts Second Silicon Valley Hotel With The Westin San Jose »

July 13, 2015 at 6:24AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Brand Reveals Adaptive Re-Use of Historic Sainte Claire Hotel Built by Famed Real Estate Mogul T.S. Montgomery
SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 13, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of The Westin San Jose, a historic 171-room hotel in the center of Northern California’s largest city. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel has undergone a guestroom, corridor, lobby and public space transformation in order to provide guests with a revitalizing stay. The Westin San Jose is the brand’s 18th hotel to open in California and one of five new openings this year in North America.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Westin San Jose is steps away from San Jose McEnery Convention Center and San Jose State University...

Hyatt To Partner With Khan Academy To Bring Open-Source Global Learning To Colleagues And Communities »

July 13, 2015 at 4:05AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Alliance Underscores Hyatt’s Global Commitment to Care for People so They Can Be Their Best
July 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) and Hyatt Hotels Foundation announced today that they are deepening their global commitment to empowering Hyatt colleagues and communities to reach their full potential. Hyatt is developing a new, multi-year partnership with Khan Academy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free access to world-class education online. This partnership represents the first time that Khan Academy will be collaborating with a hospitality company.
Over the course of the collaboration, Hyatt will bring Khan Academy’s multi-language learning platform to its colleagues, their families and their communities...



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